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New documentary "Killing Jimmy Hoffa" offers insights into the labor leader's life

Jimmy Hoffa on WESW-TV's Morning Exchange program sometime between 1971 and 1975.
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A new documentary digs into one of the most compelling and best-known unsolved crimes in American history. 

"Killing Jimmy Hoffa" is being released ahead of the 40th anniversary of the disappearance of the famed labor leader after a meeting at a Bloomfield Township restaurant.

"The goal at the start was to come up with the most comprehensive analysis of Hoffa, the disappearance of Hoffa and the character's that surrounded that disappearance," says producer Scott Burnstein.

Burnstein is an attorney who has become a leading expert in organized crime and is the author of Motor City Mafia: A Century of Organized Crime in Detroit.

The film includes insights into Hoffa's possible ties with the Kennedy assassination, a CIA plot to kill Fidel Castro, strong evidence to suggest he was profiting from narcotics trafficking, and raises the idea that Hoffa may have been an FBI informant.

Commentary from ex-FBI agents, former journalists and ex-U.S. prosecutors share their insights into the disappearance throughout the film.

Burnstein says he has his own theory that Hoffa was incinerated at one of the sanitation companies the mob had access to at the time. He says some mob members have come to regret doing such a good job of getting rid of the body, wishing there wasn't so much mystery and publicity surrounding it.

"Killing Jimmy Hoffa" is running this week at the Emagine Theater in Royal Oak.

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